Ruston&Hornsby

177639 – “Sandrock”-12HP

Status – Operational

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This locomotive was delivered new, in 1936, to the County Borough of Derby to work in connection with the construction of a by-pass at Spondon. It was later moved to a sewage works nearby where it stayed until it was preserved in 1979.

She spent many years at various preservation sites in the Manchester area, until 1994, when she was moved to her new home at Tilford.


181820 – “Red Dwarf”-16-20HP

Status – Operational

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Built in 1936, this loco worked for most of its industrial life for the Severn Trent Water Authority, and was used in connection with the upkeep of the tidal defences on the Severn Estuary in the Gloucester area.

The locomotive was purchased in January 1994 from a private preservation site in Wales and has since been fitted with a replica cab built to an original Ruston design.


211609 – “Susan”-20HP

Status – Under Overhaul

This locomotive was delivered new in 1941 to the War Department where it was assigned the WD number LOD/758173. It’s original working location is unknown but it is known that by 1971 it was working at the Ministry of Defence Command Ammunition Depot at Dumfries, Scotland.

In 1971 it was replaced at Dumfries by new Hunslet locomotives, three of which now reside at the OKLR. It was then moved to another MOD facility in Yorkshire for a short time before ending its working life at Lydd Ranges in Kent, eventually being joined there by the Hunslets that originally replaced it.

It is not known when the locomotive was sold into preservation, possibly around 1995 where it circulated through at least two private owners before arriving at the OKLR in a stripped down state for restoration, meeting the Hunslets for a third time.

It is planned to restore the locomotive back into it’s MOD condition in military green carrying it’s MOD number AD22, the AD standing for Armaments Division. It will also carry the name “Susan” which was seen stencilled on it’s water tank during it’s Lydd ranges days.

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Photo Credit – Moseley Railway Trust


392117 – “Norden”

Status – Operational – (Loaned to Purbeck Mineral Mining Museam)

Built in 1956, this is the biggest internal combustion locomotive on the line. It was supplied new to a contractor for building the additional tunnels at Hadley Wood for British Railways when the East Coast main Line from Kings Cross was quadrupled.

The locomotive subsequently worked at the Norden clay mines near Corfe Castle in Dorset before passing into preservation at the “Hampshire Narrow Gauge Group”.

In September of 1992 the loco was purchased for use on the Old Kiln Light Railway


497760 – 40/48 DLG

RH-497760 was built in 1963 and started life working at the Silver Dale Colliery in Newcastle Upon Lyme. After a number moves to different collieries around Manchester and Staffordshire, a private buyer bought the locomotive in 1992 and has now made the long journey from Worcestershire to Surrey.

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